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LoveJoy Monday Morning Reflection

Daniel Ervin - Pastor
January 8, 2018

Dear Friends,

We had a full day yesterday: Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord celebrations, reaffirmation of our Baptismal covenant, ordination of Kolby and Jo, installation of elders and deacons, and communion. To top it all off, many of us attended Christmas with Mr. Lovejoy, a dinner organized by Alice Buzzard and her Society for Creative Anachronism group, which planned food, songs, dances, stories, and games common to the early 19th century. Many thanks to Alice, Rick, and their SCA group for a wonderful, engaging time!

Yesterday, as we celebrated both the Magi's visit to Jesus and the Baptism of Jesus, I spoke about how both of these were really epiphanies––the revealing of who Jesus is as God's son. And more, that just as the magi's encounter with Jesus caused them to go home by another road, our encounter with Jesus in baptism causes us to go by another road too. Mary Trudell reminded me of a song by James Taylor (A North Carolinian!) about this very thing. Two verses:
Those magic men the Magi Some people call them wise
Or Oriental, even kings
Well anyway, those guys
They visited with Jesus
They sure enjoyed their stay
Then warned in a dream of King Herod's scheme
They went home by another way
Yes they went home by another way
Home by another way
Maybe me and you can be wise guys too
And go home by another way
We can make it another way
Safe home as they used to say
Keep a weather eye to the chart on high
And go home another way

Let's continue on this other way – the baptism way.

Daniel Ervin
LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church


Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 14
Choir Practice8:45 a.m.
Sunday School9:00 a.m.
Worship10:15 a.m.
Fellowship11:15 a.m.
Youth Quest5:30-7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Holliday-
Office ClosedAll Day
Wednesday, January 17
Women10:30 a.m.
Lunch Bunch11:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 21
Choir Practice8:45 a.m.
Sunday School9:00 a.m.
Worship10:15 a.m.
Youth Quest5:30-7:30 p.m.

Food Pantry

The LoveJoy United Food Pantry is now open on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at our church location. Our mobile Food Pantry will be available in the rear parking lot of 2600 College Avenue in Alton the 3rd Monday of each month.